I have only served as a church visitor once so I cannot claim any deep insight into the position. However, for most of my term I wondered whether classis really cared whether or not visits were made.
In 2006 the synod of the CRC changed article 41 of the church order. To the best of my knowledge there has never been an evaluation to determine whether the revision has proven to be an effective way to encourage mutual accountability and address issues of common concern.
I told the construction worker that I was a little jealous that my sons got to go to work wearing safety boots and hard hats. With a knowing grin he said, “The grass is always greener.” Then he stopped himself and added, “But I wouldn't want to do what you do.”
At synod this summer I could not shake the feeling that some things were not discussed. Issues of structure and culture, leadership and trends are difficult to address, but an approach for dealing with questions like these can be found in a report that synod took note of without noticing.
The question was out of his mouth before the car door was even closed. He was a new elder and this was his first experience of classis. He’d gone even though he had not been delegated; he was interested, he was free that day, and going to classis is one of the things elders do. But as soon as the meeting was over he asked, “What were we doing here?”
Hi, my name is Norman Visser and I will be the new guide for the classis forum. I write as someone who just completed a term as chair of a Classical Ministry Committee. I see this blog as an opportunity to reflect on my experiences, to share what I have learned, and learn from the experiences of others.
It has been said that some denominations have bishops who move the pastors around, and the CRC has Article 17. I wish we had a bishop.
Could a classis ever slow down and get quiet enough to hear the Holy Spirit's voice? How might we arrange our meetings so that we increase the likelihood that we'll discern wisely and respond promptly and sincerely?